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Kaine, Pence set to square off in first VP debate

Mike Pence and Tim Kaine face off Tuesday

Mike Pence and Tim Kaine face off Tuesday at the vice presidential debate. Former advisers for the two say to expect substance over mudslinging. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / MANDEL NGAN

The running mates’ debate

What can viewers expect from Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate?

Substance before mudslinging — that’s what former advisers to Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence told Newsday’s Emily Ngo.

“I think you will find a very civil debate,” said Viola Baskerville, who was secretary of administration under Kaine, during his time as Virginia governor.

But Pence gave a preview of what may be negative yelps to come by blasting Kaine's record in office.

Curt Smith, who advised Pence, the governor of Indiana, in debate prep for his congressional and gubernatorial campaigns said: “It might be refreshing and positive for the American public to see two committed public servants disagree without being disagreeable.”

Pence attended the first presidential debate at Hofstra University last week to prepare him for the drama and chaotic atmosphere of the national debate stage, his campaign aides told The New York Times.

Kaine told reporters last month that part of his debate prep included finding ways to tie Pence to Donald Trump’s record.

The 90-minute debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, starts at 9 p.m. and will be moderated by CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano.

Foundation ordered to stop fundraising

The Trump Foundation, already under scrutiny for questionable spending, was ordered by the New York State attorney general’s office on Monday to stop soliciting donations.

A review by the office of state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, a Democrat, found Trump’s philanthropic venture violated state law by not filing annual disclosures with the state, reports Newsday’s Michael Gormley.

Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the campaign was “very concerned about the political motives” behind the state probe, but added the foundation “nevertheless intends to cooperate” with the investigation.

Who’s up in post-debate polling

A new batch of national and state polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton received a boost from her performance at last week’s first presidential debate.

Clinton has a 5-point polling edge over Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, in a CNN/ORC poll released Monday, and a 6-point lead in a Politico/Morning Consult poll of likely voters.

Post-debate polls of in the battleground states of Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina also show Clinton pulling ahead by 3 to 5 points, though she continues to trail Trump in Ohio, where he holds a 5-point lead.

Heading into the second debate on Sunday, a larger portion of voters believe Clinton will outperform Trump — 44 percent of voters said the former secretary of state would beat Trump in their second faceoff, compared to 22 percent who said Trump would deliver the better performance, according to Politico.

Clinton’s take on tax leak

Clinton, campaigning in the nation’s Rust Belt, capitalized on a New York Times report that found her rival declared a $916 million loss on his income taxes back in 1995, which made him eligible to avoid paying taxes for 18 years.

“What kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year?” Clinton asked a crowd in downtown Toledo, taking aim at Trump’s penchant for touting his business prowess.

Clinton’s campaign also released a one-minute video labeling Trump “a business failure who has gotten rich at your expense.”

The video shows Trump touting his credentials as “a good businessman” followed by clips of his campaign surrogates defending his tax write-off on the Sunday morning news circuit.

“Trump was taking from America with both hands and leaving the rest of us with the bill,” Clinton told the Toledo crowd.

The takeaway: Return engagement

One-time prosecutors Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie have become defense attorneys for Trump -- if only in the court of public opinion.

But much as they tried to paint the leak of one return as grounds to deem the candidate a "genius," Clinton gets to cash in -- if only because it sticks him with the very "failure" label he's been trying to paste on Clinton, Dan Janison writes.

Nobody knows how long she may keep the upper hand, however, as the propaganda war intensifies.

New Trump vet remarks 

Trump appeared before a veterans' PAC and referred to "when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it." 

What he meant or didn't mean with his statements has become a focus of controversy.

Assange anxiety  

Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange promised new "significant" disclosures involving the presidential race but thus far on Tuesday has revealed no details in a press conference from London. In August he said he'd release "significant" information about Clinton. 

NBC News reports: "Assange, 45, has denied WikiLeaks was being used by Russian officials trying to sow chaos in U.S. politics and help Donald Trump win the presidency." Trump supporter Roger Stone, the self-declared dirty trickster, warned via Twitter that on Wednesday Clinton will be "done." 

Assange has criticized Clinton for attacking the group's role. But one Washington Post commentator claims Trump enthusiasts have been "Wiki-rolled." Wiuth 35 days left to the election, however, there's still time for show-and-tell.

 What’s brilliant to Trump

Trump looked to reframe the conversation surrounding the revelations of his 1995 income tax return, telling a rally of supporters “fixing our broken tax code” was one of the main reasons he was running for president.

“I’ve been saying from the beginning of this campaign how ridiculous, complex and yes, unfair, the tax system is,” Trump told some 2,000 supporters in Pueblo, Colorado.

Meanwhile, he also touted “brilliantly” using the tax laws for his benefit.

“As a businessman and real estate developer, I have legally used the tax laws to my benefit and to the benefit of my company, my investors and my employees,” Trump said. “ I mean, honestly, I have brilliantly — I have brilliantly used those laws.”

What else is happening:

  • Behind the scenes of “The Apprentice,” Trump allegedly demeaned female contestants and crew members with lewd and sexist remarks, the AP reports.
  • “Pop quizzes on TV are just not Gary’s long suit,” Libertarian VP pick Bill Weld tells CNN, attempting to defend Johnson’s recent interview flubs with another flub.
  • Race riots are happening monthly in America, Trump told his audience at a rally in Colorado.
  • Trump gets confused "between leadership and dictatorship," Clinton declared.
  • Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who served as the Senate GOP’s lead counsel in the Clinton Whitewater probe, tells Bloomberg News he plans on voting for Clinton.
  • NBA star LeBron James gave an emotional endorsement to Clinton.
  • Consultant Kellyanne Conway comes out a financial winner regardless of how her client Trump fares Nov. 8, Politico reports.

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